The district police in Ambala booked five traders for committing fraud by registering non-existent firms with the Goods and Services Tax (GST) portal. According to the Excise and Taxation Department, the fraudsters have caused a loss of almost ₹6 Crore to the state exchequer. Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO) Dhanpati Bhardwaj reported the matter to the police saying that the accused had registered firms in Ambala City using fake documents.
Ravinder Singh of Super Impax, Tejinder Singh of Tejinder Enterprises, Jai Prakash of Haryana Steel, Harish of Ambala Steel Corporation, and Anshu Jathol of AS Alloys has been identified as the fraudsters who registered these fake firms at various locations in Ambala City. However, during the physical verification, none of these firms were found to be existing at the registered address.
The accused were involved in trading of over ₹45 Crore and claimed almost ₹6 Crore as an input tax credit (ITC) in collusion with other traders of Haryana and neighboring states within a span ranging from three months to six months.
In response to the complaint filed by ETO to Ambala Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhishek Jorwal, the district police booked the accused of multi-crore GST fraud for cheating, forgery, and criminal conspiracy under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471, and 120-B of the IPC and started a manhunt for them.
According to a senior police officer, five separate cases have been registered and further investigations initiated to catch the accused. The police are also on the lookout for other traders in Haryana and the neighboring states who colluded with the main accused to commit the multi-crore fraud. Furthermore, the police have not ruled out the possibility of involvement of some department officials in the scam.